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The usual length of stay in the hospital is 3-4 days if you are having a gastric bypass, 2-3 days if you are having a sleeve gastrectomy, and one day if you are having the adjustable gastric band. The vast majority of patients stay in the hospital for less than five days.
You should expect to be out of work for 4-6 weeks after having a gastric bypass and 2-4 weeks if having a sleeve gastrectomy or adjustable gastric banding.
You will have an appointment with your surgeon about two weeks after your surgery and regularly after that to examine your incisions and discuss common postoperative concerns.
Gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy patients follow-up with the surgeon again at 6 weeks and approximately every 3 months after that for the first year. After this period, yearly follow-up visits with your surgeon's office are strongly recommended.
Adjustable gastric banding patients will meet with the surgeon and/or physician assistant at 6 weeks and generally every 1-2 months for band adjustments, as needed.
Laboratory tests will be required on a regular basis to evaluate for vitamin and mineral deficiencies or other concerns.
After weight loss surgery, you must adjust to a new way of eating, changing old behavior patterns, and a shifting body image. Long-term follow-up and continued emotional support are essential for a successful weight loss surgery outcome. You are encouraged to attend the Lourdes Bariatric Support Group. The support groups give patients the opportunity to share their experiences and knowledge while supporting one another through the postoperative process. We require that ALL patients attend at least three weight loss surgery support groups before surgery.
What about my diet after surgery?
The diet after weight loss surgery is very important part of the weight loss surgery process. You will meet regularly with the nutritionist before and after surgery to help you understand the diet in detail. You will progress through a series of dietary stages ranging from liquids to soft foods to solids. This diet progression will ensure that you are eating safely and nutritiously. Because weight loss surgery puts you at risk for nutritional deficiencies, you will also be required to take a multivitamin and calcium supplements every day for the rest of your life. You will receive a detailed dietary booklet outlining the postoperative diet and vitamin recommendations.
You will meet with the nutritionist approximately 2-3 weeks after surgery. At this time, the postoperative diet progression will be reviewed again. You will follow-up with the nutritionist again at 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year. After that, yearly follow-up is strongly recommended for long term success and to have nutritional parameters checked.